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Saab Automobile Cancels Saab 9-5 European Tour

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Etienne Morsa / Saabhuy.net

The all new Saab 9-5 European tour that began in mid-October has apparently come to an abrupt ending.

Saab Automobile has apparently canceled the remaining two stops of Greece & Italy for the all new Saab 9-5’s European tour. The countries that did stay on track as part of this tour included the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary and most recently, Austria.

To end this European tour with only two remaining destinations does not send a good message to the outside public.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29
* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19

* Greece – Nov 26-28 – Cancelled
* Italy – Dec 10-11 – Cancelled

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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Austrian Segment

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Austria

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour has completed the Austrian segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland, Switzerland, Hungary and now Austria.
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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Hungary Segment

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Hungary

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour has completed the Hungary segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland, Switzerland and now Hungary.
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All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes Switzerland Segment

Posted on 11. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Switzerland

The All New Saab 9-5 Tour Completes the Switzerland segment of the European tour that began back in October.

The tour began with Sweden, then it proceeded to the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Poland and now Switzerland.

The Switzerland tour took place over 6-days which consisted of a press event, a VIP customer event, and a multi-day event at the auto show.

Throughout all of these events the all new Saab 9-5 Aero & Vector models were present as was the Aero-X concept car.

As a result of this event there were 32 press reps, 60 dealer reps, 1,050 Saab VIP customers and over 60,600 show visitors.

Here are the remaining countries that the all new 9-5 tour will visit by the end of the year.

* United Kingdom – Oct 14-17
* Spain+Portugal – Oct 21-22
* BeNeLux – Oct 20-25
* Poland – Oct 29

* Hungary – Nov 10-11
* Austria – Nov 18-19
* Greece – Nov 26-28
* Italy – Dec 10-11

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All New Saab 9-5 Begins Road Tour In Europe

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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The all new Saab 9-5 is beginning its tour of Europe this fall as I previously mentioned starting in the United Kingdom and ending in Italy as part of a global campaign.

While this is very good to hear, what significantly concerns me is that the piece below says the all new Saab 9-5 will be arriving in dealerships a year from now, “late 2010”! I thought this would be at dealerships in the spring of 2010 at the latest. Is this a typo?
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Saab USA European Delivery Program 1957-2008

Posted on 02. Mar, 2009 by .

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Saab History has recently been contacted by an anonymous source indicating that the Saab Automobile USA European Delivery Program that began in 1957, the first model year for SAAB, imported to the USA, has ended officially at the end of 2008.

The fact that the European Delivery program page on Saab Automobile USA’s website is still there, is irrelevant says the source.

The program was enjoyed by many since it began and over the past few years, there have been some Saab History visitors, Frank Wulfers, Jay Klein, Seth Bengelsdorf to name a few, that have told their story including David Swanson who wrote a book about it!

Even though Saab Automobile USA maintains that they are still “strengthening their EDP program”. it is actually completely over as of last year:

This anonymous and highly credible Saab History source has also provided the following details about the program that are eye opening:

Saab AB never wanted to lose EDP. But it was a struggle from the start with GM. Their goal was to integrate all operations of Saab into GM’s systems.

After asking them for over a year GM finally agreed to have a conference and find out what EDP was all about. Management in Sweden and the US couldn’t get through to them about the profit and incremental sales. It was good for the dealers as well as GM. However, that the implementation of the program was manual became an obstacle they couldn’t get around.

The first hold on the program was not allowing sales of 2008s in May of ’07. 6 months went by then 12 and still GM hadn’t figured out a way integrate EDP into their systems. So no 2009 sales. December of ’08 GM discontinued all sales to military personnel. So, for now no one is minding the store and that’s why the “under review” remains.

Will it ever come back???? All management in Sweden that were involved with EDP have new positions within Saab AB. With no one from Saab pushing for
it, the chances are slim.

In the meantime, here were the last details of the Saab USA European Delivery Program as of 2007.
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The SAAB 93 : 1955 – 1957

Posted on 25. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: SAAB Motors Inc. – 93 Promotional Photo, New York, NY, 1956.

The SAAB 93 (ninety three), is the successor to the 92B and was produced in 1955.

This was also the first SAAB ever to be imported into the United States a year later in 1956 to the port of Hingham, Massachusetts, as well as Portugal, Spain and other countries.

The final year of this early model, it had the option of a two-point seatbelt by 1957.

This model was the second production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:
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Per Eklund Races New Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan

Posted on 05. May, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Mike Jager

Per Eklund Races New Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan in Portugal this past weekend.

Below are the details from Saab Enthusiast, Mike Jager.

Eklund managed this week with a lot of work to finalize the new Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan. Just in time he arrived in Portugal for the first race.

In the first heat, Eklund drove to a 12th time, the second heat to a 11th time overall. In the third head, Eklund drove to a good 7th time. This means together a 5th place in the B-final.
Eklund managed to win the B-final! In the A-final he couldn’t make any progression, so a 6th place overall!

Results:

1. Ludvig Hunsbedt (N), Volvo S40

2. Kenneth Hansen (S), Citroën C4

3. Ole Kristian Nøttveit (N), Ford Focus ST

4. Sverre Isachsen (N), Ford Focus ST

5. Michael Jernberg (S), Å koda Fabia

6. Per Eklund (S), SAAB 9-3 ASS

Next race in Cohiniac, France next weekend!

Regards,
Mike Jager

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